Project Overview +

The goals of the study are to collect pilot data on provider-patient interactions around contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) for breast cancer surgeons and risk of recurrence for medical oncologists. We used a web intervention to present population-based data and patient-centered communication techniques to doctors. 

Aims +

Primary Aims

We will disseminate survey data collected during a previous phase of research.

 Secondary Aims

Participants will demonstrate an increase in patient-centered communication skills post-intervention, as compared to baseline assessment.

Participants +

This first phase of the pilot study enrolled 82 breast cancer surgeons during a conference in April 2016.

The second phase of the pilot study will enroll medical oncologists during a conference in September 2016.

The third phase will enroll surgeons from LA Country and Georgia who participated in surgeon survey collection.

Intervention +

The intervention is grounded in the following theoretical constructs:

  • Patient-centered communication
  • Motivational Interviewing

The intervention website includes:

Data review

  • Consideration of CPM among average risk women and the risk of cancer recurrence in low risk women
  • Patient misconceptions about CPM and survival rates
  • Impact of surgeon recommendation against CPM and discussion of risk of recurrence

Communication strategy review

  • Reflecting emotions
  • Correcting misconceptions using the Elicit-Provide-Elicit (EPE) method

CanSORT - CancerDoctorsLikeMe

07/01/2012 - 08/31/2017

Principal Investigators:

Lawrence C. An, MD
Sarah T. Hawley, PhD, MPH
Kenneth A. Resnicow, PhD